Big Eye IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA
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Big Eye IPABig Eye IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2000

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Ratings: 4,313 |  Reviews: 1,119
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, 271 reviews as of this writing. A great looking crystal clear golden amber colored beer with a huge billowy white heat. aroma and taste are an ode to the centennial hop. Yup, I can see this as a hop head's go to beer. A refreshingly crisp IPA and nicely only 6% ABV.

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Photo of SSS
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep gold color with a hint of warm orange. Thick, slightly off-white head that lingers
S-Toasted malt, bready, with an earthy pine hop aroma and a subtle dank quality
M-Medium to full body with a smooth carbonation ride
T-I get a nice malt dose with mild bittering and a hint of banana. Piney, dank hop use. There is also a peppery flavor upfront
O-I enjoyed this beer, it's a smooth and simple IPA that mellows things out and doesn't complicate the beer drinking experience. Recommend.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got as an extra from a real sporty San Diego BA. 7% ABV listed on label. Clearish orange in appearance with a solid two fingers of cream colored froth. Aroma of sweet, tangy grapefruit. Floral and lemony at first, with a nice bitter middle. Mouthfeel chalky hopped, nice peppery bitterness. Feel this one in the teeth. Wheat-thin maltiness. Great webbed lacing in the glass. Very drinkable...would love a keg of this.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass. When did Ballast Point get distribution in VA? I don't know, but I'm glad they did.

A - Transparent deep amber coloration which produced a big pillowy head. Retention and lacing were nice.

S - Pine hops and citrus notes, and plenty of both.

T - Big pine hop bomb, numbing, but there is a good enough malting that it doesn't seem all that one sided. The sweetness rounds it out almost perfectly.

M - Oily medium body, nice carbonation, bitter on the finish.

D - Well constructed, lives up to the hype. Looking forward to not only revisiting this one, but also trying out some of their other brews. Reco.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersabound
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you want to know what Centennial hops smell and taste like than get this beer. The aroma was full, resiny slightly citrus with a tinge of caramel. It had a wonderful head that would not give up with great lacing. The bubbles were medium sized. The color is gold/copper and it was very clear. The flavor is very bitter and resiny but there is some malt seetness for the hops to hold on to. I did not get much yeast flavor contribution. I was slightly surprised by the finish b/c I expected a crazy hoppy dry mouth but it was pleasant. Don't get me wrong, when I burped later I could still taste it and was happy for that. To me a sign of a good American IPA is that the belch later reminds you of the beer. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium CO2, a little CO2 bite, med body and a slight alcohol warmth. I found this beer very drinkable and a great way to showcase Centennial hops. (one of my favorite hops!) As a critique I would suggest using some other hops to give a more complex flavor. However since this IPA comes from San Diego, where IPAs seem to rule it cool that they decided to keep it simple and even put it on the label that it's all one type of hops.

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Photo of scotorum
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 4/14/13, so this is ancient. Bought recently, but it had dust on it. I probably should have known better but I was anxious to try it after reading comments by a few BA's over the past few months who said they prefer Big Eye to Sculpin.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Translucent amber with a white head more than an inch tall which receded to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Fragrant floral and grapefruit. Yummy.

t: Grapefruit biting hops. Bitterness builds and lingers, but not particularly irritatingly so.

m: Moderate. Good body for an IPA.

o: I realize this is probably a distance from what it was like fresh, but I was impressed by the strength of the hops and also the citrus and floral notes, which I enjoy. This is an IPA with character, and I can uderstand why some like Big Eye even better than Sculpin. I'll definitely be looking for a 2014 version soon.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at the Huntington Beach BevMo,

A: Pours a clear amber, good clarity in this one, with a thick, off-white head, with great retention and very good lacing.

S: Smells of fragrant piney hops, pine forest smell of Centennial hops, with a fair amount of citrus, got a lot of pineapple too.

T: Taste is heavily hop-based, but this is one of the maltier IPAs I have ever had, surprising for a West Coast beer. Toasty, bread malts balance the striking pine and pineapple bitterness quite well, one of the better tasting American IPAs that I've ever had.

M: Resiny, oily, with tongue-tingling bitterness, could have had more body, but overall, quite good.

D: One of the better West Coast IPAs that I have had, it can stand its ground with the best of the group, Green Flash. A easy drinking beer for its size, great price too, at $3.29 a bottle, will definitely need to try more Ballast Point beers in the future, and pick this one up again.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. no date found.

classic golden amber with straw tones. clear. nice head recedes slowly to a thin layer. great, delicate lacing.

grapefruit and fresh pine aromas, with caramel and toffee underneath. hints of floral notes. simple, but very fresh and fragrant.

flavor is hoppy (citrus and pine) at first, but quickly backed up by robust caramel maltiness, then more citrus zest and tropical fruitiness. bold, but not overly aggressive bitterness is well-balanced. finish starts with interplay of hops (bitterness, zestiness, and even fruitiness) and malt, with hint of yeast, then it all cleans up with some light resins.

smooth, with medium to substantial body, and lightly resinous texture in the finish. lively but moderate carbonation.

very good.

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Photo of Popp24
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby; not much head at all.

S - Nice citrus smell along with hops. Just what I look for in a IPA.

T - Nice citrus taste along with caramel malts. Love the taste on this one.

M - Stickiness that cots your mouth. Nice body to it.

O - I really like this one and it could easily become a go to IPA for me in the future.

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Photo of magine
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a seidel mug.

Pours a hazy orange copper, has a fluffy off white head. Head is chunky and settles to a nice finger thick the whole drink. Good sticky lacing. Island stays massive and moves as you drink. Very good looking brew.

Brew smells of big fruit hops, resiny floral hops as well. Good flavors come out. Good smelling brew.

Brew is peppery initially; good mix of hops here. Herbs, floral, citrus maybe even some grapefruit. A smooth brew in the middle and finishes a tad bit dry and a little bitter. Some biscuit malts balance the flavors and smooth things out. Very balanced and great tasting brew.

This is my first from Ballast Point and I am a fan for sure. This is case worthy drink anything stuff here. Excellent.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of drmeto
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear amber with a big frothy white head
-medium-high carbonation visible
-Mango,Papaya,Melon,Orange,Mandarine with a big resin_y Note
-Follows the nose completely plus grapefruit
-pleasant bitterniss
-medium body,medium carbonation
Great IPA

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Photo of gabedivision
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (best by 4-21-13) to a tulip glass

A- pours a crystal clear ruby red with a 1 finger tight bubbled frothy head, classic ipa look

S- a musty sweet malt on the front of the nose, followed by a pungent grapefruit citrus, lemons, sugary orange juice, and fresh bud

T- toffee malts, pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon zest. Just huge citrus hops, bready malt backbone, and a bitter finish

M- medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, citrusy, dry and bitter

O- classic west coast ipa, huge citrus hops, great malt backbone, amazing balance. Sculpin may get most of the allcolaydes, but Big Eye in IMO is a bit more balanced, and just as tasty

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Photo of sugarman
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SaCkErZ9 for this one.

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange gold with a thin but bubbly off-white head.

Juicy hop aroma of grapefruit and pine resin upfront. Malts and biscuit are there in support.

Oh yeah, big taste of grapefruit, tangerine, and piney hops along with some sweet caramel maltiness and biscuit. Very well-balanced.

Medium bodied, smooth and oily, with a moderate carbonation.

So drinkable. I wish I had more. A top notch IPA from the folks at Ballast Point.

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Photo of hazelash
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to ericwo.

Pours a beautiful, clear orange color with one finger of fizzy white head with less than ideal retention time.

Scent of apricot, mango, sugar, citrus, resin, and the lightest hint of caramel. This one is almost all hops, but it has a fantastic balance. With the light malt presence and wonderful showcase of hop characteristics I can't help but be reminded of Two Hearted, and that is a very good thing.

Taste of bitter pine, resin, grass, mango, and a hint of caramel from the malt. Not overly bitter, and the hops remain dominant, but the light malts keeps it from being one sided. The flavor reminds me of Two Hearted as well, nice and hoppy with a touch of sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp with a good level of carbonation, and a nice medium-low body.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color from the bottle leaving 1 inch of foam that left lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was a nice citrus smell. The taste was the same citrus with a slightly bitter finish. Overall I think this one is nicely balanced and I will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden color with a small off white head. Aroma is super fucking floral. Flavor is the same. Super florally hoppy. This is fairly close to a standard ipa but there is a certain flavor i can't peg down. This is super fresh and refreshing though. Feel is tingly as fuck from the carbonation.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

served in my sam adams perfect pint glass.

a- light amber, dark orange, big 2 inch frothyy/ messy head

S- very citrusy not too bitter or grapefruit smelling

t- pungent grapefruit upfront, some citrus, all tropical hops, solid malt backbone which balances the hops. more of balance malt/ hop ipa compared to sculpin. some nice caramel malt. very nice hop profile non-the-less. not too much bitterness very smooth ipa.

d- very drinkable, great ipa, drink this all night

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Photo of tonistruth
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ PB Taproom in San Diego, CA

A- copperish orange with a solid holding 1 finger fluffy white head

S- citrus and floral, hop oils

T- citric, pine, and spicy notes from hops, toasted malts are there and noticeable but its easy to get lost in the tasty hop bitternesss

M- slick with a dry after, hops numb up tongue a bit

D- i wouldn't session but i would drink this again, wonderful mouthfeel, very west coast, top notch IPA

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Photo of dcmchew
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark orange, misty, small frothy white head.
Caramel stands out in the smell, pumping up the rich citrus feel (sweet orange, tangerine, pomelo, kumquat), with nice perfumey hints of tropical mango and papaya, faint pineapple. Some pine resin on the nose too, but not too much passes through sweetness.
Taste balances things out more, tho still the sweet side more than slightly overpowers the bitter pine resin. A sticky sweet fruity note, with (surprisingly) melon popping up first, nice mango, papaya, maracuja, apricot, overripe orange, tangerine, light pineapple, sitting on top of a mild caramel malt backbone, not as thick as the smell induced. Generous pine resin in the finish, spicy, nice and bitter, but not entirely dry.
So a bit of caramel/fruity sweetness passes in the aftertaste, keeping those tropical notes strong and alive. There's pine, a bit of honey and lingering bitterness too. Medium body, a bit sticky, medium carbonation.
A really great IPA with a long finish and big tropical notes. Had high hopes for these Ballast Point brews, started off on a really great foot.

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Photo of rockernino
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T100Mark
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass (on a fine Friday evening).

Appearance - A nice bronze color (a little darker than your average West Coast IPA). Dense, off-white head. Great lacing. Amazing clarity. A very handsome beer.

Smell - A big citrus hop nose, upfront, but I also detect a whiff of toasty malt.

Taste - Big, pine needle hop flavor. Slightly herbal. Spicy (think black peppercorns). Like the nose, there is a bit of sweet, toasty malt just below the surface. Delicious.

Mouth - Fizzy. Very good carbonation.

Overall - I was expecting yet another West Coast IPA. What a I got was a truly wonderful beer. Yes, the big Cascade hops are there in full force. The malty foundation, however, ties the whole thing together. I wouldn't call the the ale "balanced" but it sure is tasty. This beer might be better than Ballast Point's Sculpin. It's definitely cheaper!

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Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87.2% out of 100 with 4,313 ratings
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